that's what my friend's computer says so I gotta try to fix it but I don't have a lot of time and I'm probably only gonna go once. I haven't seen it myself but all I've been told is, when the computer starts it says "Operating system not found" and I don't think the computer has a floppy drive because I asked if maybe a floppy disk was in the computer. So...... do you guys have any suggestions on what recovery software I should bring? I'm gonna bring Norton System Works 2K2 and see if I can do a virus scan, if that doesn't work, I also have norton utlilties 2K1. I'm also gonna try to use the Norton Disk Doctor. Does anyone know any good partition recovery software? I think my final option would be to maybe, install the hard drive as a slave on another machine and try to recover the files from the not working hard drive to a working one. The operating system installed was win98, there was no antivirus installed but I don't know of any virsuses that do this, with the exception of CIH, but it's August, not April 27 or whatever. It could also very well be that the HDD is just dying, but it's only 3 or 4 years old.